| State opposes bail for comedian Tumi Stopnonsons after alleged assault of girlfriend

Comedian Tumi Stopnonsons will be back in court on Friday.

Comedian Tumi Stopnonsons will be back in court on Friday.


Comedian Tumi Matila, better known as Tumi Stopnonsons, seemed tired as he ascended into the dock and looked around for his loved ones in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Matila was arrested on Tuesday morning and held at the Honeydew Police Station for two counts of assault, one being domestic violence, and pointing a firearm.

The cases were opened by his girlfriend Thando Ngemane and her friend.

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During the proceedings, when asked for views regarding bail application, it was stated that Ngemane was not opposed to him being granted bail, but her friend was.

The state prosecutor mentioned that Matila had threatened to kill the two and has allegedly been harassing his girlfriend for some time.

The presiding magistrate suggested the case be postponed to August 17 for bail application, but Matila’s lawyer requested that the matter be rolled over because the comedian had gigs and he was already paid for them.

To the comedian’s relief, the case was postponed till Friday. 

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After proceedings, Matila’s sister tried speaking to Ngemane but was told not to. The clerk who’s in charge of issuing protection orders alleged that the accused was threatening the girlfriend in the morning while he was in custody, but one of his friends said that was impossible because he had Matila’s phone.

The SABC1 presenter is expected to be served with two protection orders tomorrow morning, one for each of his accusers.

He remains in custody until the appearance.

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